Updated guidance on artificial nutrition and hydration has been published for palliative care nurses.
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) have published the updated guidance to take account of the Mental Capacity Act (2005).
It identifies the legal and ethical issues that might arise and suggests a stepped approach to decision-making. It also contains detailed case studies which explain how ANH decision-making can work in practice.
Simon Chapman, Ethics Advisor for NCPC said: 'This is a very important publication, which has been eagerly awaited.'